Election Fever Begins

Dallas labor will start early and stay late for the 2020 elections. Union activists will be screening dozens of candidates beginning at 8 AM on Saturday, January 11, at 1408 N Washington. Penetrating questionnaires have already been submitted to Political Director Lorraine Montemayor. Our candidate screening process is as thorough as any in North Texas because labor only supports the best candidates for working families.

Volunteers from all walks of life will come to 1408 N Washington at 6 PM Monday, January 13, to begin our phone banking work for the special election for Texas House District 100. Our endorsed candidate, Lorraine Birabil, outdistanced all competition in the first round, but the runoff election begins with early voting on January 21. Election day is January 28.

Lorraine Birabil, labor's candidate

Even before election day, union leaders will gather in Austin January 25-26 to participate in statewide screening and candidate selection. Six active chapters of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, including the Dallas chapter, have already seen a number of candidates and accepted questionnaires for the primaries in March. Their statewide convention is in Austin on January 24. They also endorsed Lorraine Birabil in the special election.

Hold on to your hats everybody, it's an election year!

Get Everybody Counted!

The AFL-CIO is urging everyone to make sure the 2020 census honestly reflects our population. Our representation and a lot of future government funding is based on the numbers. Typically, lower income people are likely to be undercounted. This year, for the first time ever, residents will be able to respond to the 2020 census questionnaire online or by phone. Letters inviting people to fill out their forms will begin arriving in people's mailboxes as early as March 12.  The deadline to respond is July 31. 

Labor hits the Streets

The Dallas AFL-CIO expects to have the largest float and walking contingent ever for this year's Martin Luther King Parade. We begin gathering at 8 AM on Monday, January 20, at the same location as the last few years -- Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Holmes Street. Dr King often explained that America's civil rights movement and our labor movement have many goals in common.

Activists will also be participating in the Dallas version of the National Women's March. They gather at 2PM on January 19 at St Paul's Methodist Church

More Actions Coming Up

Jan 11: The Bread and Roses strike began in 1912

Jan 11, 8A-5P: Unionists screen candidates at 1408 N Washington

Jan 11, 9-10A: Kenneth Williams is radio guest on KNON.org and 89.3FM

Jan 11, 10:30A: American Promise Dallas Information Session on getting money out of politics at Unity of Dallas 6525 Forest Ln. Dallas

Jan 11, 7P: Dr Molefi Asante speaks at Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis in Dallas. 214-943-8262

Jan 12, 1957: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other African-American clergymen

Jan 12, 2P: Democratic Socialists of America general meeting at 1408 N Washington

Jan 13, 1874: Tomkins Square police riot in New York

Jan 13, 6-8: Phone banking from 1408 N Washington

Jan 14, 1784: End of American Revolutionary War

Jan 14, 1941: A Philip Randolph called for a march on Washington

Jan 15, 1929: MLK born in Atlanta.

Jan 16, 7:30P: Dallas Central Labor Council meeting for all affiliated union members

Jan 17, 1893: the Queen of Hawaii was overthrown and arrested by U.S. Marines

Jan 18, 10:15A: “Communicating with Difficult People” workshop at Unity of Dallas 6525 Forest Ln. Dallas

Jan 18, 10A-1P: Block Walking from 1408 N Washington

Jan 18, 9A-4P: Runaway Inequality and Medicare for All workshop at 1408 N Washington  

Jan 18: Women’s march on Washington

Jan 19, 2p: Women’s March in Dallas begins at St Paul Methodist Church 1816 Routh St, Dallas, Texas 75201  

Jan 20, 9A: Dallas MLK parade starts at Holmes Street and MLK Blvd

Jan 20, 1920: ACLU formed. Carl Brannin of Dallas was a charter member.

Jan 21: Early vote begins for special election in Texas 100

We win when we pull together